Tuesday, May 24, 2011


I knew going into the season working Scarby that it would be a long road, and that I would need to be extra careful to get appropriate rest, since I was going to be on the go for 75 days in a row, with no days off.  As it turned out, my schedule at faire the last 2 weekends of the season (this past one, and the coming one) are "breaks only" schedules, because my boss's sister-in-law is helping her with breakdown and hauling everything back home on Monday or Tuesday. This is excellent, as it gives me closing weekend to play with my bestie, assuming that she makes it out, at least Saturday & Sunday, plus part of Monday, and it gives me a chance to go run amok with Angela as she's  planning to be out & kiddo free on Monday. 
Throughout the season I've been trying and adding to my yes/no list various scents.  I've found several wonderful new things, and a lot that I LOVE in the bottle, but they just aren't wonderful on me. I've tended to have one on my left wrist and one on my right.  One day a couple of weekends ago, I had on Sun and Thunderstorm, and my boss suggested I mix them together. I wasn't crazy about it, but it did give me the idea to find a water scent to mix with the Sun, and I started sniffing the scents until I found the right one, and Liquid Sunshine was born. It's sweeter and more floral than I've been wearing, but it's garnered compliments from all but one person, and she's not a fan of the floral scents to begin with. The first weekend, we sold 8 drams of it, so this past weekend I got to mix up a vial sized bottle of it for sale. I know that at least 4 drams sold, but beyond that I have no idea.
On Sunday morning when I woke up, I knew I was going to have to choose between lasting a whole day out there, or going to work Monday morning (yeah, like there's actually a choice there). When the boss told me that there wasn't enough business for them to need me, even for breaks, I packed up my cooler, and headed home. Yeah, it was bad, I was POOPED, and by the time I got home, I fell into bed for a short nap before I got up and did as much of my household chore for the week (cat cages) as I physically could.  I slept another 9 hours and managed to drag myself up and to work, only to discover that my computer is DEAD. Yeah, it was a rough couple of days, but today's severe weather has completely missed us, and it doesn't look like anymore is on its way, so we're all safe, dry, a comfortable temperature, and ready to face another day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Taco Ring

I originally got this recipe at a Pampered Chef party more years ago than I want to count, but it's yummy, and it can be adjusted to your personal tastes.

1 pkg crescent rolls
1lb ground meat, browned & seasoned with taco seasoning
1 can refried beans, warmed in microwave
1 tomato, diced
1 small onion, diced (may be cooked in with meat if you want)
shredded cheese to taste
1 bell pepper, diced, then mixed in with cooked & seasoned meat

Preheat oven according to crescent roll instructions
Spray round pan (like an 8 inch cake pan) with non-stick spray
unroll crescent rolls and arrange in a ring in pan, with points lapping up over the edge, wide ends will overlap in the pan, kind of pinch them together to seal it
Spread refried beans in a layer on dough
Sprinkle some cheese over the beans
Spread the meat/onion/pepper mixture over the beans & cheese
Sprinkle cheese over meat
Top with diced tomato
gently pull points of crescent dough to center & tuck under wide end

Bake for about 20 minutes, until dough is cooked and golden

Cut apart and serve with tortilla chips

  • doesn't have to be ground beef, leaner meats, even shredded turkey, chicken or pork could also be used
  • crescent rolls, cheese, & refried beans are available as well
  • other kinds of beans can also be used in place of the refried, but I would suggest mixing them into the meat mixture and just layering it in that way
  • I've found that the stuffing gets hotter if it's warmed before it goes into the oven, so I preheat my beans, or warm them in the meat mixture while I'm letting the taco seasoning simmer into it